Worth replacing UPS battery?
June 14, 2012 8:37 PM Subscribe
Is it worth replacing my UPS battery or buying a newer UPS that better fits my need?
posted by ccalgreen to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a APC Back-UPS ES 725 that I inherited from an old job. I use it at home mainly as a surge protector for a desktop, printer, and speaker system. I use my desktop as a home server but other than that, I don't have any real need for a true UPS. However, it is nice to have for piece of mind.
The couple of times I've noticed the power go out, my desktop shut down immediately - I read somewhere that if the UPS is oversized for the loads, it may not charge the battery enough to provide true UPS?
It looks like the battery died yesterday, and I've been toying whether to replace it or just buy a newer UPS or surge protector that better serves my needs. For APC's genuine replacement battery price I can buy a smaller UPS. 3rd party batteries are cheaper, but not by much, and I worry about QA/QC and whether the risk of them catching fire is higher than losing data when the power cuts out.